Troop Scoop 4/17/2008

Troop Scoop



Posted: 17 Apr 2008 09:04 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
We’re taken on a mission, through pics, to ensure security for the Tafi Qada.  After finally feeling secure and free of AQI threat, an informant led the way to a huge weapon cache.  A water treatment facility is completed in N. Hargawi, making local citizens very happy.  We finish out with our photo gallery.

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

April 18, 2008

Gunslinger Shorebreak helps ensure security


Spc. Joshua Oden, erects an antenna, April 12, which enhances his unit’s ability to effectively communicate during Op Gunslinger Shorebreak I, a mission focused on securing the Taji Qada, northwest of Baghdad.  Oden is an infantryman assigned to 27th Inf Regt “Wolfhounds,” 2nd Stryker BCT “Warrior,” 25th ID.


Pfc. Timothy Smith, provides security for his platoon.Joanna16

Spc. Michael Weber, works with his fellow Soldiers, April 12 to provide a safe and secure Iraq.Joanna17

Staff Sgt. Joseph Brown, plays soccer with an Iraqi child.Joanna18

Cpl. Michael Murray, overlooks a courtyard, after ensuring the building was secure.-30-

Informant leads MND-C Soldiers to weapons cache

BAGHDAD – A tip from an informant led IA soldiers and 3rd BCT, 101st Abn Div (AASLT)  Soldiers to a weapons cache in Shubayshen Village, south of Baghdad, April 16.
Finding the cache, the Soldiers spent several hours digging up the munitions, which consisted of approx. 600 tank rounds.
First Sgt. Roy Bruce, senior enlisted member of 3rd BCT, said positions established in the area with Op Marne Piledriver emboldened the informant to come forward.  “The informant told us that AQI emplaced this cache last year and that he finally felt safe enough due to IA presence to reveal the cache,” said 1st Lt. Bo Alf, 3rd BCT.  “The informant, his family and neighbors told us of the false promises of al-Qaeda and how they want to return to the fold of the GoI.”
Marne Piledriver is an ongoing MND-Center op focused on capacity-building projects throughout the area of ops of 3rd BCT.  During the op, Iraqi SF are taking the lead in targeting remaining insurgent pockets with the help of CF.


First Lt. Casey Zimmerman, with Co. C, 3-187th Inf. Regt., digs alongside IA soldiers.-30-

Work completed on North Hargawi water treatment facility

BAGHDAD – In ongoing efforts to restore essential services throughout the Mahmudiyah Qada, a water treatment facility project was completed in North Hargawi, April 13.
In addition to supplying potable water to Iraqis who live in the area, the project also provided temporary employment for former SoI who refurbished the facility.
“The people are very happy,” said 1st Lt. Halmonde Charles, Co B, 3rd Bn, 187th Inf Regt, 101st Abn Div (Air Assault). “They were using water out of the canal for everything – farming, cooking, showers – so it’s good to have safe water now.”


Up on the Rooftop


PFC Jared Bottorff and Sgt. Robert Johnson, both assigned to Lightning Troop, 3rd Sqdrn, 3rd Armored Cav Regt, track a sniper as he moves from rooftop to rooftop in western Mosul, Apr. 10, 2008.


Pump it Up


US Army Lt. Col. David Davidson looks at a broken water pump while inspecting a water access point near Al raoud, Apr. 10, 2008.  Davidson is assigned to the 25th ID’s Stryker BCT.


Car Guys


US Army Spc. Harmon asks an Iraqi mechanic what parts he needs to fix an inoperable vehicle at COP Power in Mosul, April 2, 2008.  Harmon is assigned to the 4th ID’s 1st Bn, 8th Inf. Regt, 3rd Bde.


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